While planters are still parked on many Indiana farms, last week’s window of warm dry weather did allow some planting to take place especially in southern Indiana. Darren Goebel reports that planters were rolling in Southern Indiana last week, “I would estimate from reports I have been getting back from Pioneer sales reps that we have about 30% of the corn planted in the Southern 1/3rd of Indiana.” But a weekend of rain brought that progress to a halt, “Those rains have knocked us out of the fields for most of this week. We may resume early next week.” He added there is still plenty of time to get a crop established and said there is no need to change maturity dates yet, “Last year, our May planted corn did better than our March and April planted corn.”
According to the National Ag Statistics Service, there were 3 days suitable for field work last week. In their Monday report, they said that 8 percent of the intended corn acreage in Indiana has been planted, compared with 82 percent last year and 41 percent for the 5-year average. By area, 7 percent of the corn acreage has been planted in the north, 6 percent in the central region, and 15 percent in the south.
Goebel reports that flooding in river bottom areas in Indiana and Illinois is a problem, but, in certain soil types, the ground is dry enough to work. He warns, however, that patience is a virtue this year, “As we get later and later folks are going to want to rush it.” He said planting too early can cause more problems than waiting a few extra days. He added that so far most farmers have been waiting until field conditions are optimal. Goebel reported that farmers are looking at this as more of a normal spring and hoping this will be an indication of a more normal growing season.
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